Several defendants scheduled for preliminary hearings before District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua, this week elected to waive their right to such a hearing.

Ryan Michael Navitsky, 33, of 251 Brown St., Tamaqua, was charged with carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges were filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Matthew Williams following a July 11 incident.

Navitsky was lodged in the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, in lieu of $7,500 bail.

Defendants with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol charges filed against them included:

Maureen Erin Pickford, 41, of 524 Arlington St., Tamaqua, will face court trial on charges of DUI (BAC .16 or higher), and a traffic violation, disregarding a single traffic lane. The charges stem from a May 25 incident and were filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Thomas Rodgers.

Pickford was released on her own recognizance.

Paul J. Yurick III, 27, of 228 E. Hazard St., Summit Hill, was charged by Rush Township Patrolman Adam Sinton following a July 1 incident. In addition, Yurick was charged with failure to drive at a safe speed and careless driving.

Yurick was released on his own recognizance.

Jose Luis Olayo-barriga, 42, of 78 Peach Dr., New Ringgold, faces trial charges filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Rodgers. The charges include a traffic violation, disregard of a single traffic lane, and were filed following a May 25 incident.

He was released on his own recognizance.

Megan Lynn Matousek, 18, of 634 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and simple assault. The charges stem from a July 11 incident and were filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Matt Bynon. A charge of harassment was withdrawn.

Matousek was released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

Aaron Joshua Hosier, 23, of 336 W. Snyder Ave., Lansford was charged with theft by deception and receiving stolen property by Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods. The charges were filed following a July 7 incident.

Hosier was released on his own recognizance.

Mary J. Ford, 24, of 426 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, waived a hearing on charges of identity theft, filed by Cpl. Woods. The charges stem from a July 13 incident.

Ford was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.